Students at Yosemite High School prepared for their homecoming game against Bishop with enthusiasm last week, as they held dancing competitions, dressed up in costumes from the past, and celebrated their pride as Badgers with cheers and applause.
At halftime before their thrilling victory over Bishop (see page 1B), Dalin Haas and Kelly Ravel were crowned homecoming king and queen. Other members of the ‘Badger royalty’ included a prince and princess from each grade level, including Isaac Rumohr and Alli Ruiz for the junior class, Henry Curley and Jordyn Jackson for sophomores, and Jensen Pincus and Madison Gipson for the freshmen.
On Monday, students started off relaxed with Pajama Dress Up, followed by a watching of “Napoleon Dynamite” at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. Tuesday was Tropical Tuesday, and Wednesday was Decades Day, where students donned wild costumes from the 60s, 70s, and other time periods to strut their stuff in a dance off. Thursday was Neon Den Dress Up, and Friday finished off the week with an enthusiastic homecoming parade, and rally in the Badger gym.
During the morning parade, Yosemite’s FFA team won for their float with a trailer on hay bales holding an image of the Badger mascot.
At the rally, activities ranged from a sing-off contest to dance competitions and which class had the best cheer.
“Have you ever seen such a fun group of students,” asked 27-year science and filmmaking teacher Karen Scot. “This is the best high school in Central California, and it’s been that way for a long time.”
More than 20 ‘retired’ YHS cheerleaders showed up for the homecoming football game, and performed during the halftime show.
Taking part in the cheer reunion were Emily (Penton) Harders and Annie (Penton) Matthews from the class of 2005, Laura (Bogy) Williams and Jamie Burnham (class of 07), Sammie (Kleist) Rouse (08), Narielle Ayala, Jessika Williams and Brooke Wilkins (09), Nia Ayala (11), MacKenzie Pluha, Larissa Thornburg, Emiley Yaugher and Kimmie Mecchi (12), Delaney Mitchell, Kylie Johnson, Morgan Mearse, and Whitney Lecat (13), Whitney Juras (14), Mara Long (15), and Ciara Wilkeyson and Mia Aleman (16).
Jennifer Lincoln has been the cheer/pep coach at YHS for 15 years and has been assisted by Sarah Johnson off and on over the past 14 years.
“Sarah came up with the idea of rounding-up fomer cheer team members for this year’s Homecoming,” Lincoln said. “We asked girls just from the years we’ve been coaching first, just to see what the response was, and told them to meet at 3 p.m. at the field to practice the day of the Homecoming game. A lot of girls wore their uniforms and it all was fantastic and so much fun. Getting the girls together was amazing and we will for sure be doing it again.”